＃When I returned, the family was ruined (313)
The demon dragon’s steps suddenly stopped. The royal castle appeared before my eyes. The guards bowed their heads.
went inside. When you cross the eight palaces and reach the final, ninth palace. The top dragons who remained to defend the capital until the last moment approached with their heads bowed.
“See you, His Excellency the Demon Dragon.”
[It’s been a long time.]
“I heard the monarch called.”
It was surprising.
Even those who guarded the monarch’s palace could not hear any news, not knowing whether the monarch was truly dead or alive. For the past ten years, no dragon has witnessed the dragonlord in person.
It is only possible to judge whether a monarch survives by looking at the terrifying force that occasionally flows out of the royal palace.
This was the same not only for the guards who guarded the royal palace, but also for the ministers who volunteered to be loyal subjects. It was because of the monarch’s order. An order to never allow anyone to enter the royal palace without their permission.
The dragons did not even dare to think of disobeying the order. Because the monarch was a great being like a god to them. That’s why I couldn’t help but be surprised.
Only now, ten years later, was the first person allowed to enter the royal palace.
However, the guardian’s gaze towards the demon dragon was not kind at all. The reason was simple.
These days, disturbing news has been coming from all over the capital that even ignorant people are gossiping about the monarch. The context of the story always ended like this.
The person truly worthy of being a leader is the Demon Dragon Lucreon, not the Dragonlord Draksis.
Just a year ago, it was a story so blasphemous that one would not have dared to say it out loud. It was also said that the power of the Demon Dragon had become stronger.
The rumor that anyone who went against his will would face death without even a rat or bird knowing was secretly spreading among the capital’s high-ranking officials.
The demon dragon who is the one involved in the rumor. Could it be that he harbored disrespect for the monarch?
If the person concerned did not have such feelings, he or she should have made a statement directly refuting the rumor in the first place. However, the demon dragon only remained silent until the end.
As if he was humbly accepting the rumor.
He was the one who made even the duke, who was cutting off the heads of the highest level dragons, retreat. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he has the strongest power among the rulers. Such a person was even given the title of war hero.
Even public opinion is slowly turning against the monarch.
Perhaps this meeting could have caused an uproar. Even so, the guardians could not block his path. The reason the demon dragon came here was because of an order given by the monarch.
However, it was not that there were no ways to express dissatisfaction.
“Can you inspect His Excellency Demon Dragon’s belongings before entering the royal palace?”
What the monarch summoned was summoned. The guards had a separate mission. It is a thorough inspection of the belongings of those who will enter the royal palace.
A great dragonlord.
There was no way he had any belongings that could threaten his safety. That was a fact that even the Guardians knew.
Moreover, since no Yongin has entered the royal palace in the past ten years, the inspection of belongings itself was virtually a formality.
Even so, I had no intention of just skipping this process.
‘Because he is impure.’
The demon dragon chuckled at those words.
It was an unpleasant smile.
[As you wish.]
“Then please excuse me.”
Contrary to what was said, a rather rough inspection process followed. Unfortunately, there was nothing to catch that could block entry.
[Can I come in now?]
“…Thank you for your cooperation. Please come in.”
Soon, the demon dragon stepped on the ninth palace. The only person who entered this place was the Demon Dragon.
‘It’s been a while.’
It was not long ago that I last set foot in the Ninth Palace.
It must have been at least ten years. Every time I looked at the scenery that was vague in my memory, it began to replay one by one. For a place where a monarch resides, the interior of the palace was in disrepair.
The Yongrin tree had dried up and died. The same was true for all the rare flowers growing in the garden. The only thing around was ugly thorn bushes. It seemed as if only the Ninth Palace had personally experienced the war.
‘It was strictly prohibited for anyone to enter.’
Management itself would not have been possible. The guards and others would not have even dared to disobey the monarch’s orders. I remembered the impure look in my eyes from the head of the Guardian Order a moment ago.
There were foolish people everywhere who still remembered the past monarchs and praised their false glory.
‘That also ends today.’
If you stand in an inappropriate position, you should be prepared to see blood.
Step by step.
Step by step.
The footsteps continued through the garden. The ninth palace was much larger in area than the other eight palaces as it was the place where the monarch lived.
Before long, the appearance of the monarch’s palace began to be revealed. The palace, which was bigger and more luxurious than anything else in my memory, had already become like a shabby abandoned house, not only because it was worn out, but also broken in various places.
Like the faded reputation of a monarch.
Inside the palace, a fast and violent force was flowing like a whirlpool. It was the energy of a monarch.
‘It’s definitely not just wasted time.’
The demon dragon quietly admired. The monarch, who had not been very active for the past ten years, was radiating a force stronger than anyone remembered.
Although it is not known exactly what the means were, it was clear that the monarch had been building up his power without knowing it, just as he had become stronger.
Even so, it wasn’t to the point of threatening himself. The demon dragon entered the interior of the palace. The sound of footsteps hit the inner walls of the palace and began to rumble like thunder.
Before long, the royal palace appeared in the distance.
‘It’s a mess.’
A beautiful masterpiece, a chandelier decorated with jewels that sparkle more than anything, and all kinds of treasures that the dragon tribes of the southern continent offered in an oath of loyalty. All of them were rolling around on the floor, losing their light.
In the middle of it all, a huge dragon was standing. It was truly a dragonlord that I had not seen in a long time. The demon dragon said with his head slightly lowered.
[Meeting the great master of the Southern Continent.]
―Lucreon It’s been a long time.
[Yes, this is the first time we have seen each other since he ordered the conquest of the Western Continent. But how can His Majesty, who is so intelligent….]
The demon dragon, who was looking around, continued speaking with a faint smile on his face.
[Are you saying you are continuing your life in such a squalid place? I thought that some of my subordinates, something I couldn’t see, had an uneasy mind.]
– By an uneasy mind, didn’t that refer to your own mind?
[Hmm, maybe so.]
The demon dragon no longer hid his ambitions. In any case, unless the monarch was truly senile, it was impossible not to know his true intentions. Because agitators had already been spread throughout the capital. And the demon dragon knew. The fact that a senile person cannot have such clear eyes.
[When I think about it, it seems like a long time has passed since the monarch took that position.]
– About fifty years.
[Yes, that’s right. It is time for the rivers and mountains to change five times. If you’ve done that, you’ve probably done a lot.]
– It seems like there were a lot of complaints.
[Haha, there are bound to be a lot. There was a time when I truly followed you at first… but not anymore.]
The demon dragon then continued speaking.
[You’ve been hiding in the palace for over ten years, struggling with just Ardan. The Balaur are not so easy as to take care of such a coward. Your Majesty.]
―Did it look like that?
[It didn’t seem that way, I was just stating the truth. What was it like when Ardan, who had a grudge, attacked you due to your invasion? I thought His Majesty had closed his eyes. Otherwise, does it make sense to not show your nose once?]
The demon dragon’s cold criticism continued. An old man trying to preserve his position by clinging to past glory.
To the demon dragon, being a monarch no longer had any meaning.
[What the dragon people want is a leader who is stronger than anyone else and moves first. [Your Majesty’s appearance no longer seems suitable for that position.]
Even ten years ago, it was such a profane statement that one would not have even dared to utter it out loud. However, despite the outpouring of verbal abuse, the monarch’s face remained calm throughout. Draksis, who was quietly listening to the story, spoke.
―That’s strange, Lucreon. Weren’t you such a coward?
The demon dragon flinched. For a moment, a sinister energy rose from his body.
[Haha, when is that story? Now, are you planning to sell me over just an old memory?]
―It’s an old memory… I think your essence is still the same.
[It may have been like that in the past, but not now, that’s for sure.]
―Because the power arose?
It was an overly calm reaction. Demon Dragon, who felt uncomfortable for some reason, asked a question back.
[I was planning to accept it humbly even if you get angry, but you are calmer than I thought. Could it be that you have resigned?]
―I was recalling memories.
―Yes, Lucreon. You were a truly loyal servant.
[Hehe, so loyal… I’m sure it may have been like that at one time.]
A time when the monarch was recognized as being greater than anyone else. It was like that back then. I obeyed his orders so politely that I could no longer bow my head. But it was different now.
[Enough of the memories. Even if he begs for his life out of affection for the past…]
―I think it would be a bit absurd to refer to it as the past.
―So many things have changed. To the extent that power that should not be given to you is placed in your hands.
Soon, the dragon lord looked at the demon dragon.
―Lucreon There was something I wanted to tell you.
[…I will at least listen to your will.]
– In my past life and now… I knew very well that your loyalty was like that of a bat.
The demon dragon tilted his head.
This was because he did not understand what the monarch’s words meant. A past life. Isn’t this a very random topic? However, the monarch’s face as he spoke looked very serious.
―A lot of time passed before I was able to make the best use of you. So it’s really unfortunate.
[…What do you regret?]
The monarch who was looking at the demon dragon answered those words.
-This is how our end ends.
Soon, a huge bone sword was pulled out from behind the monarch’s back. The demon dragon rotated the mana of his body at the sight of a giant sword that was well over 5 meters long.